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Diamond Dogs (Revelation Space)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  594 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The planet Golgotha—supposedly lifeless—resides in a remote star system, far from those inhabited by human colonists. It is home to an enigmatic machinelike structure called the Blood Spire, which has already brutally and systematically claimed the lives of one starship crew that attempted to uncover its secrets. But nothing will deter Richard Swift from exploring this ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published July 2001 by PS Publishing
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David Sven
Aug 06, 2013 David Sven rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is Reynolds twist on The Dark Tower. Roland Childe assembles a katet team of mercenaries to investigate an alien Spire on a remote planet.

The story begins in Chasm City just before the Melding Plague hits and moves quickly to the Tower where ascending the levels of the spire involves solving increasingly difficult mathematically puzzles. Wrong answers are punishable by the unleashing of devastating traps that slice and dice until the right answer is entered.

As imaginative as the slice and d
Sep 29, 2012 Rasheed rated it it was amazing
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"A tale of blood and brainpower... offers nonstop thrills."
- Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

"Excellent." - Chronicle

"A startling and ambitious story that anyone who was drawn to the questions raised by Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? will enjoy. Once again, PS Publishing has brought us a tantalizing treat with another dazzler." - SF Site
Jul 27, 2016 William rated it it was ok
Diamond Dogs
Bluntly, I found Diamond Dogs mostly dull and verbose, and mostly predictable. The characters were unsympathetic, except perhaps for Celestine. The last few pages were the best, even verging on poignant.
May 28, 2016 C A rated it did not like it
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Scott Kaelen
Jan 08, 2014 Scott Kaelen rated it really liked it
Diamond Dogs is to the Cube movie trilogy as the Iliad is to a hastily-scrawled phrase on a wall in Ancient Troy. If Diamond Dogs were made into a movie, it'd be an instant cult classic.
Cristian Iorga
Sep 19, 2016 Cristian Iorga rated it it was amazing
This short story is set in the Reveleation Space universe and it reminds me a lot of the movie Cube. However, sometimes the people going though the thing become the horror. This was my second reading and I did not remember that it actually got a kind of sad end.
Igor Raffaele
Dec 09, 2015 Igor Raffaele rated it it was amazing
I don't judge this astounding story by its word count, but by how long it stayed with me. Powerful, compact, with a mystery as deep as time itself, and some unforgettable characters. Diamond dogs indeed.
Jerry Roys
Sep 13, 2012 Jerry Roys rated it really liked it
I almost never like short story collections, even by authors I love, but this one was the exception. Perhaps largely because the stories were all set in the same universe and actually fleshed details surrounding his other books.
May 07, 2015 Justinnev rated it really liked it
Disturbing. Fast paced. Enjoyable. Consumable in a day in several sittings. Everything a Sci-Fi Novella should be.
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Alastair Reynolds, former scientist and now full-time writer. Most of what he writes is science fiction, with a strong concern for scientific verisimilitude (although he is prepared to break the rules for the sake of a good story). He has lived in England, Scotland and the Netherlands where he worked as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency until 2004, but now makes his home back in his ...more
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